The research of Nicasio resident Don MacKay, who runs the Language, Emotion and Memory Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, helped shed light on the complex nature of memory and redefine language as one of many kinds of memory.  David Briggs

In 1957 a man named Henry Molaison, who became one of psychology’s most famous patients, had his hippocampus removed in an attempt to control his life-threatening seizures. After the surgery, he was unable to form new memories without years or even decades of effort. Many at the time believed the damage was limited to his “episodic memory . . .

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